Film: "Luck"; Director: Soham Shah; Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan, Danny Denzongpa, Chitrashi Rawat; Rating: **
Luck from the promo’s seemed to have glaring similarities with Sanjay Gadhvi’s Kidnap. Starting with the lead stars, Sanjay Dutt and Imran Khan, to babes in bikini’s, action-packed sequences and a director trying to establish himself outside the comfort of a big production house.
Soham Shah director of Dharma Production’s Kaal, is back after a 5 year long hiatus, yet again with a multi starrer. Can ‘Luck’ be Lucky for the director?
Luck is about Musa (Sanjay Dutt) who in an attempt to redefine the betting industry, decides to play with lives of those with luck on their side. He gathers different individuals, from different parts of the world, pitting them against each other. Who survies and how is what Luck is all about!
What works for Luck
- The first half hour is good, with the opening train-sequence featuring Sanjay Dutt, shot quiet brilliantly.
- The film is high on action and would most certainly impress those who dont watch Hollywood flicks.
- Shruti Hassan’s bikini scene is nice, quite asthetically shot. Kamal’s daughter is blessed with good screen presence.
- The masses would love Ravi Kissen’s performance.
- Mithun Chakraborty and Danny Denzongpa are good.
Why you shouldn’t watch Luck
- The script is full of flaws and the poor direction makes things worse.
- The climax is weird, including the train sequence when Ravi Kissen fires, what seemed like thousands of bullets, all of which miraculously missed the target.
- The sequence shot under water with the sharks, just doesn’t work. Which is a shame, it had tremendous potential to be hair-raising, if only it was executed better.
- The roller-coaster like thrill is completely missing. Apart from the first Sanjay Dutt action scene, nothing works.
- The dialogues suck outright. The word ‘Luck’ is over-used, literally in every sentence, the actors get to mouth.
- Shruti Hassan needs to work on her voice modulation. Her dialogue delivery was quite average.
- Imran Khan fails to impress, which is disappointing.
- Sanjay Dutt, quite frankly, has nothing much to do. Its More-walk-than-talk kinda role!
- Background music is poor.
Overall, Luck is below average to say the least. It should do much better business at single-screens in smaller towns and cities. Collections at multiplexes, especially in metros is expected to be poor and slide further after the initial weekend.